Studienkosten von Ehefrau absetzen?
I have a question regarding Steuererklärung. My wife is planning to study at Mannheim University in Program Masters in Comparative Business Law (in 2018). I am currently working full time and I would support her for the studies expenses which includes 8000 Euro (for complete program) Tution Fee plus Living expenses. Can I get this money back from Finanzamt in my Steuererklärung. What would be the best option for me to get the best out of it.
She has already done LLB and has newly arrived in Germany last month.
Your help would be appreciated.
HammAzee: Will your residence during the next two years be in Germany and your income taxable in Germany as well? Only, if yes, you can file a joint income tax application (Einkommensteuererklärung mit Zusammenveranlagung) with attachment Anlage N for your wife's cost.
See also response by wfwbinder.
I think you live now both in Germany, and you are employed in Germany.
This studies are the second education for our wife.
So, our wife has to fill out an own "Anlage N," and put in this costs for her studies. Not only the costs for the University. Also the costs, for Books, Internet, Computer (divided for three ears) etc.
So she has negative income, and this loss will be deducted from your income in your common income declaration.
yes, for sure study fees and other expenses will reduce the overall tax rate, assuming you and your wife file a joined tax application.
To achieve the maximum tax deduction impact the following fees should summarized under Werbungskosten:
- Study Expenses
- Depreciation of PC costs of other office equipment, communication cots
- Travel and Transportation, etc.
I highly recommend to engage a tax consultant to make sure, that all expenses will be accepted from German Tax Department.
Lohnsteuerhilfevereine for example could support you in filling out the applicatiin from correctly.
Thank you everyone. You answers have been quite helpful to clarify the issue. :)
Danke Nochmal :)
The answer you got from "Impact" is not really helpfull.
But it is clear, you can't do so in your tax declaration.
But your wife can in her tax declaration do a loss carryforward and when she has in future an own income she can reduce by this way her tax.